IPL 2018: Andre Russell hits 44 but Kolkata fail in run chase
Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell and his West Indies teammate Sunil Narine were among the runs, but Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a 55-run defeat against Delhi Daredevils in the 26th match of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday.
Opener Narine hammered an attacking 26 from nine balls and Russell scored 44 from 30 balls but Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted to 164 for nine, chasing a victory target of 220.
Earlier, Shreyas Iyer made an emphatic start to life as Delhi Daredevils captain with an unbeaten 93 off 40 balls , leading his team to just a second win in seven Indian IPL matches
Iyer, 23, became the fourth-youngest skipper in IPL history by taking over from Gautam Gambhir – who was dropped for the clash at Feroz Shah Kotla – after the Daredevils' woeful start to the campaign left them bottom of the table, and he began his tenure with a crucial knock on Friday.
The India international made his fifty off 29 deliveries before an electrifying partnership with Glenn Maxwell (27) added 73 runs from just 32 balls, helping get Delhi - who announced Junior Dala has replaced the injured Chris Morris in their squad for the remainder of the season - out of sight.
Iyer brought up his half-century in somewhat fortuitous fashion when Robin Uthappa spilled a stinging shot towards the long-on boundary over for a maximum.
The Daredevils captain dished out some harsh punishment thereafter, with four sixes – as well as one four – from Shivam Mavi's expensive final over, with the hosts plundering 76 off the last four.
Kolkata's chase was quickly in trouble as Trent Boult (2-44) removed Uthappa (1), Narine (26) and Maxwell (2-22) bowled Chris Lynn (5) all inside three overs, with the efforts of Andre Russell (44) and Shubman Gill (37) insufficient to rescue an unlikely result.
Prithvi Shaw – 18 years and 169 days old – earned a place in the record books by joining Sanju Samson as the youngest players to score an IPL fifty.
The sensational Shaw made 62 off 44, including two maximums and seven fours, before his sublime innings was shut down when Piyush Chawla (1-33) sent his middle stump tumbling.
MISHRA'S WICKET MAIDEN
Delhi's display in the final four overs will have been in Kolkata's mind as they approached the death overs with a hefty deficit to overturn.
However, Amit Mishra beat Mavi to claim a timely wicket maiden in the 16th over, which also saw skipper Iyer and Rishabh Pant combined to run out Gill.
RUSSELL RESCUE RUMBLED
The Knight Riders were languishing at 77-5 when Russell entered the fray, and the West Indies all-rounder gave the visiting fans some hope by racing to 43 off just 17 balls.
However, Russell was only able to add one more run from the next 13 deliveries he faced and when Avesh Khan (2-29) brought about his end with a quality yorker, the jig was up for Kolkata.